74.009 (2423) Oak Nycteoline Nycteola revayana (Scopoli, 1772)

Status
Resident. Rare.
 
Flight period
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History
Somerville (1858) during his visit to the Moffat area in August had found the larva on birch, which he bred on, and another caught at Beld Craig Wood (VC72). Gordon (1913) found it scarce, having taken it on a tree stump in February 1910, beaten from oak, August 1910, on heather bloom, September 1910 and on a dead branch of rhododendron, March, 1912, on berberis in April, 1912, all of these records additional to MOGBI for VC74.
 
Sir Arthur Duncan (1909-84) during his lifetime had found it at Tynron (VC72).
 
One was caught at the Gatehouse of Fleet Rothamsted station in 1979, and during 1985-87 it was also caught at the Mabie Forest station on four occasions.
 
In 2002 one was trapped at Carsfad near Dalry on 5th May, with the only other for the same decade from Palnackie on 7th August 2007.

Form rosea
One was trapped by Auchencairn Bay on 22nd April 2011.
 
Life cycle
One generation. Overwinters as an adult, among dead leaves. Larvae are present May to July. Pupation takes place in a cocoon on the underside of a oak leaf.
 
Larval foodplants
Pedunculate Oak.
 
Identification
Quite distinctive but its small size may resemble some micro moths. Care required.
 
Habitat
Broadleaved woodland.
form rosea © Peter Norman, Auchencairn, 22 April 2011

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